Monday, August 11, 2008

The Olympic Lane

On our drive to Beijing from Tianjin, there was a lot of security - police escorts, random searches of vehicles sharing our highways and even policemen standing in the middle of the highway on our way out of Tianjin, similar to the way we arrived.

As we approached Beijing, the security increased and suddenly we found ourselves speeding past three lanes of bumper-to-bumper traffic. Then we started to notice the Olympic Rings painted in our lane of the highway and realized that there are entire highway lanes dedicated to Olympic vehicles! Not only that, but people were actually following the rules and sitting in traffic when there was a perfectly good (read: empty) lane just a few merges away.

We could tell that the energy was highly geared towards the Games here, but an Olympic Lane? Sorry commuters of one of the largest cities in the world, we're coming through...

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